Latest COVID-19 reporting


As of Tuesday, August 11, Montana reports a cumulative total of 5,104 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 97 new cases since yesterday, 1,485 active cases, and 77 deaths from the disease. State officials also report that 276 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 77 patients currently hospitalized, and 3,542 patients considered recovered. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.

Yellow-shaded counties on the map have seen at least one documented COVID-19 case. Orange-shaded counties are currently above the four-active-case threshold for the mask mandate enacted July 15.


Prolonged border closure having ‘devastating’ impact on Lincoln County

Lincoln County has tried to bolster its struggling economy with tourism in recent years, and visitors from Canada have become key to that effort. In summer, it’s normal to find more Canadians than Americans in the Eureka area, and many own second homes there. But the flow of Canadian visitors — and their dollars — has all but dried up this summer, and it’s beginning to have a major impact on local businesses. At least one downtown shop is closing its doors for good, and others are reportedly on the verge of bankruptcy, locals say.

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Months into pandemic, concern persists for homeless people

The COVID-19 pandemic, for many shelters and residents, has proven to be a distinct challenge compared to other disasters, such as fires or floods. Part of the difficulty comes from a tangled web of bureaucratic procedures and relief funds at the federal, state and local levels. But nearly five months into the crisis, some providers also describe feeling forgotten or misunderstood by policy makers, to the detriment of the populations they serve.

Hard to help

McCully and other Montana public health officials said the number of people who are not cooperating with contact tracers is small, but that they waste valuable resources when they mislead nurses and pose a risk to others when they ignore health officials’ requests for information. Lack of cooperation is also taking a toll on public health nurses who are working long hours in the midst of a pandemic.

Full-court suppress

Land managers and the general population both are making strides toward appreciating fire’s role in healthy forest ecosystems. But concerns generated by COVID-19 could reverse some of that progress as fire managers in the Northern Rockies prepare for a wildfire response that skews heavily toward suppression.

Bullock: masks now mandatory

The order, effective immediately, applies to indoor public spaces in any Montana county with four or more active COVID-19 cases, and to some outdoor gatherings.


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